The vandals have been caught, given a good smacking and run out of town, accompanied by a stern warning never to return if they know what's good for them.
Back in hurling's big house, the happy residents are congratulating themselves on the unity and resolve they showed to defend the game from the perceived monstrous influence of the 'black card' and 'sin bin'.
The resolute opposition could hardly have been more concerted if proof emerged of Russian attempts to interfere with hurling.
Of course, the proposal hadn't emanated from sinister forces, intent on mischief, but rather from the GAA's Playing Rules Committee, surely trusted friends of hurling.
Chairman, David Hassan based his case for a rule change, designed to counteract cynical play, on detailed research and analysis. He asserted that there had been 29 deliberate 'take downs' during last year's championship, while almost half of all fouls were pre-meditated.
Congress responded by voting 210-46 against the proposal. Basically, they were fact-deniers. Hurling, they claimed, harboured no purveyors of cynical play. That, apparently, only applies in football.
Former president Seán Kelly invoked the 'big personalities know best' argument, pointing out that such 'icons of hurling' as Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald were against the proposal. Quite true.
So too were other managers. No surprise there, since managers and players almost invariably oppose rule changes.
The opinions of those with distinguished careers are always worth considering, but they should carry no more weight than anybody else, especially in an area where everyone can see for themselves what's going on.
I wonder how Seán would have reacted in his time as president if, during his ultimately successful crusade to open up Croke Park, someone quoted 'icons' is support of the counter-argument.
Whether it's the use of grounds or changing a rule, celebrity status shouldn't count.
Anyway, the 'black card/sin bin' proposal was squashed, leaving the majority of Congress delegates smugly satisfied with what they regarded as a good day for hurling.
The hypocrisy of it all! Twenty-four hours later, the Allianz hurling League season was over for Cork, Dublin and Laois, leaving them without a competitive game for ten weeks until the opening rounds of the Munster and Leinster Championships.
They had ploughed through five League games in cold, wind and rain on boggy pitches between January 26 and March 1.
Earlier, they had played Munster League and Walsh Cup games, jammed in before and after Christmas.
In Cork's case, they played one game five days before the Christmas, the other four days later, with the third on January 11.
That's eight games during the darkest depths of grim winter conditions. I mention Cork, Dublin and Laois because of their early exits from the League (either Galway or Tipperary would be gone too only for the weather forced a cancellation of their game last month) but, in reality, all counties are in the same situation.
The knockout stages will keep some of them going for a few more weeks but the core League programme was scheduled to finish on March 1.
So while Congress was greatly exercised by the battle to prevent hurling's good name being besmirched by claims of cynical play, they don't appear to give a damn that the League continues to be played at a time of year which is totally unsuited for such a skill-based sport.
Comparisons between the game in January-February and later in the year can only be made on the basis of team numbers and hurleys, yet the big early-season squeeze continues.
For a third successive year, the final won't be played on the allocated date, which is unacceptable. But then that's what happens when so much is crammed into a short time-frame.
That's what Congress should have been discussing, rather than becoming all defensive over claims that hurlers can indulge their cynical side too when the occasion demands it.
Congress loves to glorify hurling as the 'greatest field game in the world', yet appear to have no difficulty with playing the second most important competition in conditions which often make a mockery of the art.
And what of the GPA? They too emphatically rejected the 'black card/sin bin' proposal for hurling. But where do they stand on staging so much hurling in dreadful weather conditions?
Is that not relevant to their members, who can't be happy wrapping their frozen hands around hurleys while trying to dig the sliotar from sodden surfaces.
Sooner or later, it will dawn on all concerned that the only logical solution is to return the Leagues to an autumn start, with no resumption for the later rounds before late February.
What's happening now is the ultimate in cynicism, playing pre-season games in Christmas week before forcing the Leagues through the tightest of windows at a time of year when hurleys should still be under the stairs. Never mind, the dastardly 'black card' has been seen off.